As part of yesterday’s deal of the day, there was a sale on the Uvex Bionic face shield. What I didn’t realize was that this was the version that has an anti-scratch and anti-fogging coating.
Steve pointed out in comments that the clear-shield model is still on sale. I checked it out, and yes, the S8500 Bionic face shield is on sale for $16.70 as part of an unspecified “deal.”
Looking at my order history, I bought my S8500 for $22 at Airgas more than 10 years ago, and it’s currently available elsewhere for around $27. $16.70 is great price.
This also explains why the S8510 on sale yesterday was surprisingly expensive everywhere else – that’s because it’s the anti-fog and hardcoat visor. This one that’s on sale now, the S8500, is uncoated.
Price: $16.70 “with deal”
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Thank you to Steve for the heads-up!
I ordered the S8510 anti-fog version as part of yesterday’s deal. For just under $17, I just ordered a new uncoated visor as well, for comparison purposes. I’ve used the S8500 before, and it’s a great face shield.
Thanks Stuart. I bought the one from yesterday as I have a problem with fogging. It was only $7 more and once you’ve bought the cheaper one you can’t upgrade so I went for it.
Why can’t you upgrade? I thought that replacements shields could fit either visor frame.
Sorry, didn’t realise that. Thanks for the tip.
I will be interested to see the comparison. I use the hard-coated version at work, and like it so much that I ordered one for home with yesterday’s deal. After considering the less expensive plain clear, I stuck with what I know and got another S8510. Pending Stuart’s tests, I could imagine getting the less expensive of the replacement shields in the future.
The non-scratch/fog face shield is $17. The scratch and fog resistant one is $32.74. You need to click the options to see the different prices.
Right. The anti-fog/scratch one was on sale yesterday.
A reader sent in a tip that the uncoated one is currently on sale. I didn’t notice the difference yesterday, or remember the distinction.
The links are set to the individual products’ ASIN, and so clicking through options shouldn’t be needed.
I see you…..?
Why are you wearing a face shield?
Why do I wear one, or why should anyone wear one?
Because safety glasses or goggles alone aren’t sufficient when using certain tools that result or could result in particles or projectiles flying at one’s face and mouth.
I’m with you on this question. Stuart’s a legit safety freak but I’ve worn glass “glasses” my entire adult life and 99% of the time feel/felt safe. Grinders, cutoff tools, desert sandstorms, etc. But he’s still correct to ere on the side of maximum safety.
Kinda like the ear protection I did not wear in my R&R daze. For which I’m sorry I did not. Though, of course, always do now.
Hindsight is always 20/20.
While I am a safety freak, I have to set a good example. As an analogy, I have to correct my kids for things that I might do when they’re out of sight and earshot.
I’ve had wood chips and sawdust from handheld tools bounce past my glasses many times. Depending on the tool and work performed, I wear an old school face shield. Every time when I use the grinder now.
I ordered from yesterdays link, so which one did I get? Lol, I had no idea there was a difference.
The $26 deal? You *should* be receiving the higher-up model with anti-fog and hardcoat shield.
Just got mine in the mail! Hard to beat for $17 and recieved in 2 days! Looks like it’ll work just fine for extended grinding sessions, etc.
I ordered the $26 anti-fog version when it was on sale also. It came the other day and it looks pretty nice. I wore it around the house for a bit. Watch the evening news with it on. No fog. Very nice. Got some strange looks from the children though.
I will use mine when working on the wire wheel. I ALWAYS wear glasses that are pretty tight fitting when using the grinder/buffer, but a full face shield in addition to the glasses will be nice. I also wear a 3M half-face respirator. I use the wire wheel to clean up stuff that I buy from estate sales & flea markets that’s usually pretty rusty. Aerosolized rust is the best thing for your lungs, not to mention some of the metals can be present in some old tool finishes (I’m looking at you cadmium). This mask should fit with the respirator underneath with no problem.